BRUNSWICK COUNTY – Despite the governor’s allowance for the state to move fully into vaccinating Group 3 — all frontline essential workers — Brunswick County announced today it would continue prioritizing healthcare workers, people 65 and older, as well as childcare and school employees.
Brunswick County Health Services, Novant Health and Dosher Memorial Hospital have been hosting a joint vaccination clinic at Brunswick Community College. The county said a majority of its appointments have been made weeks in advance already.
The vaccine partners are hesitating in opening to other groups as vaccine supply from the state has remained low. They will monitor weekly allocations to determine if “supplies are sufficient to cover that week’s appointments and if additional appointments could be added.” If the latter can happen, the county will focus first on 65-and-older crowd, healthcare, childcare and school workers, and then will open to other eligible groups.
“Community members who are considered essential frontline workers under Group 3 and those in Group 4 are asked to remain patient as it may still take several weeks to find an available appointment spot at the mass vaccination clinic,” the county noted in a release.
The county adds future appointment dates every weekly based on allocation all three partners receive. Once those numbers increase, especially with the addition of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, they will expand appointment slots to other eligible groups.
“If you are eligible and plan or choose to travel to another jurisdiction to receive a vaccine, be prepared to travel back to that jurisdiction if you need a second vaccine appointment,” the county reminds. “The supplies a provider is given for second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are directly tied to the number of first doses it was sent from the NCDHHS in previous weeks.”
Brunswick County Health Services works with local community partners and organizations to reach marginalized communities as well. They’ve done temporary clinics and directly contact individuals identified as eligible to schedule appointments.
Brunswick County’s population is one-third over 65 and older. However, they’ve managed to give given 30,000 first shots to date, reaching about 83% of that age group. It has also administered more than 16,000 second doses.
Vaccine info can be found at brunswickcountync.gov/vaccines.
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